A Note From Pastor Steven

 

Hello.

It is my privilege to be the pastor of New Hope Baptist Church. We are a group of people who have come together because of our mutual faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.He is our Hope, and we invite you to discover Jesus as your Hope as well.

Also, thank you for visiting our website.I pray that it will help you to stay connected with the Lord as well as this particular body of believers.Please be sure to check out our website often, as we will continue to make many exciting changes, updates, and enhancements in the future.

We invite you to come join us in worship, fellowship, prayer, and the preaching of God’s Word each Sunday and Wednesday.

Blessings,
Pastor Steven
 

 

Broken Communication

Broken communication has been defined as “a failure to exchange information, resulting in a lack of communication.”  I read an article recently that stated 86% of employees say that communication problems cause many of the workplace issues they experience.[1]  A breakdown in communication causes a variety of problems not only in the workplace but in our own lives.

In Psalm 66:18, the psalmist describes how this occurs.  The psalmist has been describing the goodness of the Lord and how we should praise Him for all He has done.  The Lord had answered his previous pleas and petitions, so his heart was full of praise.  However, he states that a problem can occur that can cause the Lord not to hear (i.e., answer) our prayers.  What is it? 

The psalmist says that when we harbor sin in our hearts it causes broken communication with the Lord.  Thankfully, when we confess our sins the Lord will forgive us and restore the lines of communication.

Perhaps this is a good time to stop and confess any sin in your life.  Ask the Lord to cleanse your heart, and then praise Him for His goodness.

Blessings,

Pastor Steven

[1] https://blog.bit.ai/collaboration-statistics/.  Accessed April 2021.



Antichrist Resources

This past Sunday morning, we concluded our study on Antichrist.  Although we covered a lot of material, there is more you can learn on this important subject.  Below are some suggested resources should you want to study this topic in more detail.  I used some of these resources in preparation for our series.

Antichrist Resources:

  • Mark Hitchcock – Who is the Antichrist?
  • Ron Rhodes – Unmasking the Antichrist
  • Ed Hindson – Antichrist Rising
  • David Jeremiah – Book of Signs (Chapter 19)

End Times Resources:

  • Paul Benware – Understanding End Times Prophecy
  • Mark Hitchcock – The End

Blessings,

Pastor Steven



Patience Rewarded

If you are anything like me, I am not always the best at waiting.  In our modern world, this is exacerbated because of our many technological advancements.  Most things are instant, and we rarely wait long on anything.  Peter Marshall once said, “Teach us, O Lord, the disciplines of patience, for to wait is often harder than to work.” 

God’s Word teaches us a lot about patience, and how it is related to both God’s promises and reward.  An example of this is found in Genesis 21:1-2. God visited Sarah and fulfilled what he had previously promised her back in Genesis 17:16. The time in between the Lord’s promise and fulfillment was about 25 years.

Trusting God to fulfill His promises is not always easy, but He does reward us when we wait on Him (see Hebrews 6:12; James 5:7-8).  We can trust the Lord to fulfill His promises knowing that He will reward us with the fulfillment as we wait patiently.

Blessings,

Pastor Steven



Just As He Said

After Jesus was crucified on what we call “Good Friday”, Joseph of Arimathea requested Jesus’ body from Pilate.  He then took it and wrapped it in a linen shroud and laid Jesus in the empty tomb (Mark 15:42-47).  After the Sabbath (Saturday), early the next morning both Mary and Mary (mother of James) and Salome went to the tomb.  Instead of finding Jesus’ body, they found the large stone rolled back and a young man dressed in white.  To their amazement, the young man tells them that Jesus was not there, but had risen.

One of the important pieces to the resurrection of Jesus is found in Mark 16:7.  At the empty tomb, the disciples are told to go and meet Jesus in Galilee.  Specifically, they were to follow the very instructions Jesus had already given them before he died.  In Mark 14:27-28, Jesus told the disciples that he would rise from the dead and then meet them in Galilee.

Jesus told His disciple’s many things, and they always found them to be true.  When they were told to go and prepare the Last Supper, they found the large upper room “just as he had told them” (Mark 14:16).

As we spend time celebrating the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ this month, my prayer is that you will be encouraged that we can trust all of Christ’s words.  All that He says is true.  Do you believe them?

Pastor Steven



Three Tenses of Salvation – Part 3

In part 2, we looked at the first aspect of salvation that is related to the word “justification.”  This aspect is past and means “to announce a favorable verdict, to declare righteous.”[1]  This is the aspect of salvation that we most commonly think of.  A good example of this is in Ephesians 2:8. There, Paul states, “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God.”

Now, we will look at the present aspect of salvation.  This aspect is typically referred to as sanctification.  Sanctification is a process whereas justification is instantaneous.  A good definition of this is “the ongoing process of becoming more and more set apart and Christlike.”[2]

I like to think of this as God working daily in our lives to conform us into the image of Jesus.  A few scriptures that reflect this are 2 Corinthians 3:18, 1 Thessalonians 4:3, and 2 Peter 3:18.  Sanctification is saving us in the present from sin’s power over our lives.  

In the last post, we will look at the future aspect of salvation.  

Blessings,

Pastor Steven

*Part 1 = https://www.newhopesbc.net/three-tenses-of-salvation-part-1/

*Part 2 = https://www.newhopesbc.net/three-tenses-of-salvation-part-2/

[1] Charles Ryrie, Basic Theology

[2] The Jeremiah Study Bible



Resurrection Resources – 2021

On Sunday, April 4 we will be celebrating the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Jesus stated before his death that he would rise again on the third day (Matthew 28:6).  Furthermore, Paul states that the resurrection is vital to the Christian faith (1 Corinthians 15:14).  With such an important time of the year approaching, I wanted to provide you with some suggested resources to prepare your hearts for this great day.

Bible Reading:

Books:

Audio:

May the Lord bless you and encourage your hearts because our Savior lives today.  

Blessings,

Pastor Steven



The Lord’s Supper and Machaerus

We will be observing the Lord’s Supper in the morning service on Sunday, January 31.  Below are a few passages to help prepare your hearts for this special service. 

  • Numbers 9:1-14 (Passover)
  • Mark 10:45; 14:22-25
  • Romans 3:21-26

Also, last Sunday morning we talked briefly about the imprisonment of John the Baptist.  If you recall, he was placed in prison in what we know today as the Fortress of Machaerus.  Below are two videos that you might enjoy related to Machaerus.

https://youtu.be/ijA6qByqAk8

https://youtu.be/L5mHN5nUb5A

Blessings,

Pastor Steven



Three Tenses of Salvation – Part 2

In part 1, we looked at how salvation is a blessing to each believer and should lead us to eternal praise and thanksgiving.  The term “salvation” is typically used related to becoming a Christian.  While this is obviously an important aspect of salvation, the biblical idea of salvation has past, present, and future aspects to it.  In this post, we will look at the “past” aspect.

The first aspect of salvation is related to the word “justification” which is in the past.  The word “justification” means “to announce a favorable verdict, to declare righteous.”[1]  This is the aspect of salvation that we most commonly think of.  A good example of this is in Ephesians 2:8. There, Paul states, “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God.”  Here, Paul is referring to salvation in the past tense. 

So, when did this past aspect occur?  It occurred when you placed your “faith” in Jesus Christ.  When you did, you were declared righteous much like a jury does when they acquit a guilty person (see Romans 5:1).  In this situation, you are no longer guilty regarding your sins.

In the next post, we will look at the present aspect of salvation.  

Blessings,

Pastor Steven

[1] Charles Ryrie, Basic Theology



Three Tenses of Salvation – Part 1

Salvation is a blessing to each believer and should lead us to eternal praise and thanksgiving.  The term “salvation” is often used by Christians, but what does it mean?  Most of us typically think of it only related to becoming a Christian.  While this is obviously an important aspect of salvation, the biblical idea is much more. 

The word salvation comes from the Greek word “sōtēria” and refers to deliverance.  As a result, spiritual salvation is primarily referring to deliverance from sin.  For example, when the angel tells Joseph to name the baby Jesus, the reason for this is because “He will save His people from their sins (Matt.1:21).”  This is like other passages such as Acts 4:12.

So, while the New Testament speaks of salvation related to becoming a Christian, it also mentions having two other aspects.  Over the next few posts, we will be looking at what is often referred to as the “three tenses of salvation.”  Salvation, we will learn, has past, present, and future aspects to it.   

Blessings,

Pastor Steven



Sea of Galilee – Lake of Tiberias (Video)

Last Sunday (01/03/2021) we resumed our study in the Gospel of Matthew.  We are currently in the section that I’ve entitled “The Revealing and Opposition of the King” (Matt. 8:1-13:53).  Jesus is being revealed to the nation of Israel as the long-awaited Davidic King although there is growing opposition by the religious leaders. 

This section is often referred to as Jesus’ Galilean Ministry.  While Jesus is often seen in Jerusalem, much of his ministry was in the region of Galilee.  Below is a video that gives a good visual tour of Galilee that you might find helpful in our study.

https://youtu.be/0PRCig6HcPA

Blessings,

Pastor Steven